Actors Samuel L Jackson and Danny Glover, Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann and actress-director Elaine May will receive Honorary Oscars ahead of the 2022 main gala, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday. Jackson, May and Ullmann will receive honorary statuettes, while Glover will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Governors Awards on Jan.15, the Academy said in a statement. “We are delighted to present this year’s Governors Awards to four laureates who have had a profound impact on film and society,” said Academy President David Rubin.
Danny Glover, 74, first gained wide-screen recognition in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of The Color Purple (1985) before starring alongside Mel Gibson in the cop-buddy films “Lethal Weapon” .
“Danny Glover’s decades-long advocacy for justice and human rights reflects his commitment to recognizing our common humanity on and off screen,” said Rubin.
Samuel L Jackson, 72, has appeared in dozens of films, earning an Oscar nomination for his indelible turn in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994).
He has appeared in several Marvel films as former SHIELD boss Nick Fury, wielded a lightsaber in the Star Wars universe as Jedi Master Mace Windu, and delivered an unforgettable line in “Snakes on a Plane. “.
Ullmann, 82, was introduced to international audiences in Ingmar Bergman’s Persona and has shot numerous films with the Swedish director. She won two Oscar nominations for Best Actress in the 1970s.
Rubin said that “his courage and emotional transparency provided audiences with deeply touching on-screen performances.”
May, 89, enjoyed great success thanks to her comedy partnership with Mike Nichols before earning Oscar nominations for writing the screenplays for Heaven Can Wait and Primary Colors.
She has also directed several films including A New Leaf, The Heartbreak Kid and Ishtar.
“Elaine May’s bold and uncompromising approach to filmmaking as a writer, director and actress resonates louder than ever with moviegoers,” said Rubin.